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My 7 Unpopular Music Opinions

Opinions. Everyone has them. Everyone has a view on something, whether it’d be politics or even entertainment. Hell, this entire blog consists of me sharing my opinions with you readers. I normally don’t care whether my views line up with the general consensus or not, but there are moments where I went against the grain, whether it’d be a song, album, artist, group/band, etc. And that gave me the idea of doing this list where I give you some of my unpopular music opinions. Now this list will be shorter than others at seven instead of the usual 10 or higher and I will explain why I feel the way I do. I don’t expect a lot of agreement with these opinions, so let’s get started.

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LIMP BIZKIT IS NOT THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD

When it comes to the worst of rock music, certain bands will always be mentioned and Limp Bizkit is one of those bands. Maybe it’s partly nostalgia, but I don’t hate this band. This is not me saying that Limp Bizkit is good because they’re not, but there is some legit talent behind them. Wes Borland is one hell of a guitarist, Sam Rivers is a good bassist, John Otto can utilize many different drumming styles, and then there’s DJ Lethal on the turntables, whose scratches gives the band a unique sound. This is not an untalented band. What’s unfortunately holding them back is their frontman Fred Durst, whose writing has the mentality of an annoying 13 year old boy with worse vocals, whether he’s rapping or singing or even screaming like he does in the band’s cover of George Michael’s Faith. If it wasn’t for Fred Durst and the shitty songwriting, Limp Bizkit would have been a great band. But things don’t always work out that way. C’est la vie.

NEEDLESSLY LONG ALBUMS/MIXTAPES ARE RARELY GOOD

Any time I see an album or mixtape tracklist and it’s at ridiculous lengths, I get concerned. But then I step back and think what are the artist’s intentions for the project, whether it’d be a concept album, a collection of tracks made for a party, or something more personal to the artist. You can get away with a long tracklist with a concept album and maybe with a personal project, but I noticed that most, not all, artists that are putting out these projects with 20 or more tracks are doing so in order to gain bigger streaming numbers. Just look at the latest albums from Drake, Migos, Juice WRLD, and even Chris Brown, whose last two albums have over 40 tracks on them. What sane, grounded individual wants to listen to 40 tracks from Chris fucking Brown? Hell, this isn’t even a new phenomenon. You can go back to the 90s and look at the catalog of No Limit and Cash Money Records. Because of the length, these albums always drag and are handicapped by needless filler tracks that are interchangeable with one another. This is one of those major nitpicks that will always bug me in terms of albums.

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JAY Z IS OVERRATED

Now this one might not seem that controversial among certain hip-hop circles that lean more towards the underground while in others, Jay Z is considered a legend (which he is). But in terms of best rappers of all time, I don’t consider Jay to be Top 20. He hit his peaks with four of his albums: Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album, and 4:44. The rest range from good-but-not-great to mediocre (looking at you, Kingdom Come). A good chunk of his songs fall into the “okay” category, especially the more commercial tracks that were made to be played on radio. On a technical level, Jay is a good rapper, but he’s not at the level of a Biggie or a Nas. What helps him a lot is that he has quotable lines that stick. Plus, he is a businessman. Oh, I’m sorry. I mean, the business, MAN. See what I mean when it comes to quotables? The Drake-Jay Z comparisons make sense by the days as both are commercial rappers who are considered to be number one and are entrepreneurs. Again, Jay Z is good, but the greatest of all time? Nah.

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BOY BANDS ARE NOT INHERENTLY A BAD THING

Boy bands are some of the easiest targets in the music community thanks to their commercial image and legion of fangirls who go crazy over them. I feel like certain critics are a bit harsh towards these groups. If you move aside the fluff, there are some quality pop material to be found with these boy bands. A great example of this is the Backstreet Boys. Songs like Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and I Want It That Way are pop classics. Their contemporary rivals NSYNC are no slacks, either, though their songs aren’t as good. Before them, there was New Kids On The Block, who’ve had their fair share of stinkers, but they also gave us Step By Step. New Edition and the Jackson 5 could be considered boy bands, though as they got older, they transitioned from pop to R&B. Another group that could be considered a boy band in their early days? The Beatles. A lot of their early hits were simple love songs that wouldn’t sound out of place if they were sung by One Direction, a boy band who’s much better than I gave credit for, especially in their later years. Point of the matter is don’t be too dismissive of these groups. Yeah, some of them are too bubblegum-ish and Radio Disney-friendly, but there’s some diamonds in the rough that are worth looking at.

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A LOT OF 80s HIP-HOP HAS NOT AGED WELL

I might get some flak from some oldheads for this, but hip hop in its early days of the 80s have aged like milk. Don’t get me wrong, artists like Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, and other pioneers have made classics that pushed the culture forward and songs like The Message still holds up to this day. But that doesn’t apply to everything because there are some artists and songs that were pretty much a product of the times. A lot of rappers used the same kind of flow. Seriously, a whole bunch of rappers at the time rapped in the same flow and cadence. And people complain about the flows of today’s hip-hop. A bunch of songs that would be considered classics aren’t that great in hindsight like Rapper’s Delight. Yeah, that song is a memorable landmark, but it’s also really corny, especially when you hear the extended version. There’s a reason why many people consider the 90s to be a golden era for hip-hop and not the 80s.

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BEING LYRICAL DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE A GREAT RAPPER

This is one that I’ve come to accept in recent years and among certain circles, this kind of opinion isn’t that unpopular. I still appreciate when a rapper can show off some amazing lyrical skills and wordplay. But when it comes to making a song, that alone is not enough. If you’re not saying anything, if you don’t have a distinct personality, or if the music doesn’t compliment you well, then all of those lyrical miracles mean nothing and your music won’t have much replay value. It’s no different from trap rappers who aren’t great at rapping and don’t have much else going for them. Both opposite extremes rely on flash and style to make up for a lack of or little substance. A great example of this is Logic, a talented rapper whose music lately has been lacking in substance or has been brought down by muddy execution. It takes balance to be a great rapper.

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STAN CULTURE IS TOXIC

I’ve been wanting to do a special post discussing this, but I didn’t know how to put it together. Oxford defines a stan as “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity” and also “be an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” This term originated back in 2000 thanks to the Eminem song Stan, which is about an obsessive fan named Stan. These days, in the era of social media, stans have formed their own habitat where they are able to interact with their idols and like-minded people. If you’re on Twitter and you follow Billboard or chart data or Pop Crave, chances are you’ve come across them, mentioning their favorite artists even when the tweet they’re responding to has nothing to do with them. Whether it’d be the Arianators, the Beliebers, the Directioners, the Barbies, the BeyHive, the KatyCats, the Little Monsters, the Swifties, etc. Having a community of people who share the same interests is one thing, but here’s where things get out of hand. Say, for instance, some journalist has some mild criticism for Ariana Grande or Nicki Minaj. Those stans will pounce on that journalist like lions to a zebra and start harassing them and even going as far as making death threats and doxxing them. That, right there, is unacceptable. And it’s crazy because the people that they idolize would usually try to spread a message of love and positivity while these sycophants do the exact opposite towards anyone with an opposing view. I’m not suggesting that these artists control what their fans are doing because that’s impossible and overreaching, but don’t condone or enable it. A simple post is all it takes. Stan culture makes the discord around music more difficult because with them, the conversation devolves to calling the opposition haters (and all kinds of derogatory terms) and listing their favorites’ accomplishments. The immature way they operate is like a sport where they’re rooting for their team, no matter what, and can never find fault in them. It’s their religion, their idols are God to them and the music they listen to might as well be their Bible. This mentality not only wears out the mental health of the people being harassed, but the stans themselves, even when they don’t acknowledge it. And that is why I believe that stan culture is toxic.

And those were some of my unpopular opinions. What opinions do you have that’s contrary to the popular consensus? Comment below and let me know.

Peace!!

4 thoughts on “My 7 Unpopular Music Opinions

  1. Agree with all your points especially the toxic fans, here’s a few others of mine that don’t line up with the critical consensus:

    Don’t really care for Taylor Swift all that much besides a few songs

    While I do think Vanilla Ice sucked, Ice Ice Baby wasn’t THAT bad. Personally, it’s the only song of his that sounds remotely decent.

    I don’t like most of Katy Perry’s music.

    Bazzi’s Mine isn’t a good song at all, and neither Jeremih’s oui or Desiigner’s Tiimmy Turner. Seriously, I sometimes question reviewers when they rave about those songs.

    Despite his first hit, White Iverson being a total stinker, I don’t think Post Malone is that bad of an artist. He’s not great at all, but I think he’s a bit overhated.

    I don’t like I Want It That Way. It’s not a personal classic to me and I’m annoyed with the overplay. It also doesn’t feel to me like it stands out from other generic boy band songs from its’ time. Also, to me, it isn’t among BSB’s best songs. Sorry, if someone could explain what stands out about it, I’d gladly listen.

    Fetty Wap wasn’t as good as others in the reviewing community say he was and there’s a good reason why he faded out after 2015. Granted, I do admit to liking a couple of his biggest hits, but even then I would never say they were great songs or did anything for hip hop. And Fetty Wap wasn’t very talented, either. The way some in the reviewing community say he was this great artist.

    Drake is and will without be the most overrated artist of all time.

    The 80’s are overrated and overexposed, enough said. And not just the music, but the culture in general.

    EDM is one of the worst genres to have ever attained mainstream popularity. Now, I’m not saying it’s a terrible genre, but as a mainstream commidy, it certainly is not. That’s a genre that should be listened to at clubs and nothing more. And while there’s certainly some gems and I do like some trap and house songs, EDM is mostly disposable with no discernable quality and in terms of dance music, doesn’t have the same excitement or artistic signifance as the disco music of the 70’s or even the dance music of the 90’s. While I wouldn’t say it’s not “real” music, it’s certainly not quality music and I find most of it disposable nonsense. Another unpopular opinion would be that I didn’t really enjoy the club boom of the late ’00-early 2010’s and was happy when Adele and the indie rock trend killed it off. While I’ve softened up my stance on the club boom, I still don’t think it was a good trend.

    The hatred for artists like Creed, Michael Bolton and Lionel Richie are overblown. Sure, I would never say they were great artists or even that good, but I have yet to hear someone to elaborate or say with constructive and in-depth analysis why they hated these artists other than “they suck” or “this artist was boring”. Personally, I find their critiques to be ridiculous and lacking in any constructive way. Also, Lionel has a few good songs in him both solo and as a member of The Commodores.

    Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega is not a bad song in any way, shape or form. The only issue I have with it might be the lyrics, but nothing more.

    I like the Thong Song and Blue (Da Ba Dee), sue me.

    I don’t like A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton that much or even The Fray in general aside two or three songs.

    2 Pac is only a G.O.A.T. in terms of lyrical ability. As far as flow and technical skills, I just simply thought he was okay.

    Songs that are way too cookie cutter and overproduced are a huge turnoff for me. I can appreciate a good pop song, but it has to sound perfect for me to enjoy it most of the time. There a reason why outside of hip hop and R&B, my music taste is kind of hipster-ish.

    Outside of his early teen idol days, Justin Bieber isn’t that bad, and most of his singles from purpose and his EDM collaborations were solid. That said, he’s still mediocre for the most part. Still better than his early stuff.

    Halsey’s not a good artist. As a matter of fact, the current pop landscape is mostly dominated by artists with any lack of personality or excitement, even the ones I enjoy like Khalid or Dua Lipa aren’t that interesting as personalities. They come off as simply people that make music for a living instead of colorful or exciting performers that pop music has mostly been known for. I’m not fully complaining, but I think a nice balance between both would be appreciated

    Rihanna and Beyonce are kind of overrated. While both artists have proven to have longevity and undeniable talent, they have their share of stinkers and would never say they are among the greatest artists of all-time. Well, maybe Beyonce because she made Lemonade, is a great singer/performer and was a trend maker for the most part. But Rihanna to me, was always a trend-follower and always felt like more of a brand than an artist despite making some good songs and she’s released more bad songs than good in the 2010’s decade.

    Not all trap hits are bad. While they aren’t exactly top notch quality, there’s some enjoyment to be found in some of these songs. I’ve also had to come to accept and cope with the fact that being a good rapper and lyricist, doesn’t mean your song will automatically be good and even a typical mainstream rap song from an artist with lesser skill can make a better song than you, especially if said artist has the personality. I think that’s why all these Soundcloud rappers have been showing up constantly these past few years.

    Probably not unpopular, but Chris Brown is the worst R&B artist to have had any type of longevity in the industry in terms of continued success and not because of his personal life. Musically, he was always mediocre even in his early days and I partially blame him for the current state of R&B. Add to that, most of the songs he’s released this decade don’t epitimize what R&B is really about. The fact that he still has fans to this day is baffling and undeserved. And the fact that people will say he was influential and a legend sickens me, when in reality, he was just a Michael Jackson and Usher knockoff that wasn’t anywhere near as good as the real thing. He’s replaceable, regardless of what his blinded, idiotic fanbase might say otherwise. Heck, R.Kelly was a shittier and worse person that Chris was and he’s still a better artist than Breezy. In terms of greatest R&B musicians, he wouldn’t even crack the top 100. It’s really disappointing that he was the guy that represented the R&B genre this decade, but it’s also a testament to how much R&B fell in popularity and quality in the mainstream.

    And lastly, I refuse to aknowledge the mainstream R&B as actual R&B. To me, is hip hop with singing in it, and I prefer to call it out as such. Songs like Loyal, Don’t Tell Em or No Limit (the Usher song) among the such are hip hop tracks, not legit R&B and I’ll keep recognizing them as such.

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  2. Some of my unpopular musical opinions:

    Beyoncé isn’t as great as people make her out to be: She has made good/great music and has talent but she’s also made pretty annoying and bad songs like Check On It, Diva, If I Were A Boy, 7/11, Drunk In Love, and Partition.

    I don’t think Lionel Richie is bad: he’s not the greatest artist ever and he’s made pretty boring ballads and Hello but I feel that he gets too much hate cause he does have talent and some good songs both solo and with the Commodores like Easy, Lady (You Bring Me Up), and All Night Long (All Night).

    I don’t hate all corporate/MOR rock from the 70s & 80s: I’m not saying acts like Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Kansas, Boston, REO Speedwagon are the greatest but they’ve made some pretty fun kick ass rocking tunes that I enjoy despite what other people might say

    The 80s are really overrated and overexposed: I do like some of the pop culture and music of the 80s like all decades but the over saturation the 80s gets in the media is really annoying as well as how people act like the 80s was the only decade in which music mattered

    Being a good singer doesn’t automatically mean the songs will be good: being a good singer obviously helps to make a song good but if the music itself’s not interesting or good than I’m not going to care much for it

    Not into Billie Eilish a whole lot: I know people have been raving about her but while she is without a doubt one of the most interesting artists to have come along recently, her music is just too dark and intense for my tastes so I don’t like her as much as the critics do

    Don’t hate Coldplay: it may be childhood nostalgia but I don’t think Coldplay are as bad as people make them out to be because they actually have really good songs

    Don’t care for Taylor Swift: despite all the attention and popularity she has gotten, I just never cared for her music that much. She’s just okay to me.

    Being mainstream doesn’t mean that you’re selling out: what’s wrong with making music that a lot of people really like. You can still be a mainstream popular artist while staying true to your artistry.

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